|Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle has been a part of our lexicon for more than a generation, but we can all do more about making it a practical part of our everyday life â€“ from using reusable bags when shopping to building a zero-waste home. On average, each of us produces over five pounds of trash each day â€“ but only one pound gets recycled and the rest is discarded, adding up annually to almost three-quarters of a ton of disposed trash per person.|
- Glass: The energy saved from recycling just one glass bottle can run a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.
- Plastic: The plastic bottles our water comes in are made out of oil â€“ the same oil in such high demand and that is not an unlimited resource.
- Cans: An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
- Paper: A single tree can filter up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air each year. And paper can be recycled up to seven times.
More information on this topic may be found at:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency